Setting a goal and starting out on the path to achieve your desired results is an exciting and motivating time. But it’s important to ensure you are actually ready to begin and understand what lies ahead.
In this blog I am going to delve into the things you might like to ask yourself when embarking on a diet to help you get yourself in the best possible starting position.
Whether you need to lose 20kgs to get healthier or 10kg for a photo shoot, ultimately the same method will need to be applied and the struggles you might encounter along the way will most likely be similar. In any case, it definitely helps to have a goal that is motivating and a sound underpinning of why you wish to achieve it.
Countless people start new diets every week. Yet sadly, for many, even with the best starting intentions, their efforts may not be successful. Alternatively, in many cases, after a really successful period of dieting, some people find that very quickly afterwards, they simply regain the weight they worked so hard to lose. Whether the diet works for the person or is realistic is another matter. The message that I’d like to get across in this blog is that the mentality and focus needed for a successful diet is, in my opinion, very often underestimated.
The concept of weight loss is easy (a calorie deficit and expending more energy than you consume); it’s the putting it into practice that can be a stumbling point.
A calorie deficit, expend more energy than you consume. Sounds easy doesn’t it?
But what happens when you go out for a birthday meal?
What happens when you begin to lose that motivation that was sky high when you first started?
These are all things that can happen plus about one hundred other issues and circumstances. The best way to start a diet is when you have really sat down and understood a few things that you need to get your head around.
If you don’t do this, then I would argue that your chances of failure are much higher.
So here they are, my top 5 things you should do before starting a diet. Do these properly and I firmly believe your diet will be successful and you will also be able to maintain your results long term.
- What’s the reason?
One of the first things you need to establish before starting a diet is why are you doing it. Is it for a holiday, your wedding, or is it just weight you have carried for too long and now is the time to finally do something about it? Whatever the reason try and understand your emotional attachment to this goal and why it’s important. When the diet feels tough, this is what will help to keep you going. However, if your reason for dieting isn’t strong enough or doesn’t stir enough emotion, then when things do get tough you will most likely quit.
- How much?
This can be hard to know but you should try and understand how much weight you may need/ would like to lose. Alternatively, if you don’t want to measure body weight, going by dress or trouser can also be useful. I think it’s important to get a quantitative measure for you to use so you can see how things are progressing and alter your plan if needed. Understanding how much weight you would like to lose can also help you to formulate an idea of time period for your diet.
Of course, some people may prefer to not put a time on their length of dieting, however I feel that, on average, most people like to have at least a rough idea of time. I love analogies, so here’s one to sum this point up…if you are driving to a destination, you will probably want to know how long it takes to get there, in my opinion, dieting is just the same! Giving yourself a period of time to work with can be a useful way of helping you stay focussed and on track.
- Social plans
Starting a diet when you have three weddings and two birthdays in the next two months isn’t the best idea. If you have no social life or friends then happy days(!), haha I am only joking. But looking at what your plans are over the coming months can be a good idea, as some events are definitely a little more difficult to navigate when dieting. In saying this, of course there will always need to be some sacrifices when you diet, but more often than not, a few tweaks here or there can go a long way in helping you stay on track in reaching your goals.
For example, understand that you may not be able to have a full three courses when going for a meal out and prepare to stick to low-calorie mixers and spirits in place of higher calorie cocktails.
The goal needn’t always be at the very forefront of your mind but it can most certainly help when to plan ahead of upcoming social events so that you can stay on track.
- After the diet
You’ve reached your goal and have lost the desired weight you had set out to. But if you think you can now go back to the way you were before, you are wrong. Of course, you could do, but don’t be surprised to see that weight come back.
After achieving your weight loss, you can increase you calories back up to around maintenance, but continuing to be mindful and practicing new habits that you picked up on your weight loss journey will be instrumental in helping you maintain your goals.
So, there you are! Hopefully, by giving these five points some consideration when embarking on a diet or weight loss journey, you should not only have a successful diet, but vitally be successful in maintaining your goals long-term. Remember, starting a diet can be a big commitment, and it might require more than you initially think to achieve your goal.
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Wishing you a successful diet